COVID-19 an infection is related to elevated liver stiffness, an indication of potential long-term liver harm, in accordance with the outcomes of a brand new examine being offered immediately on the annual assembly of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
“Our examine is a part of rising proof that COVID-19 an infection might result in liver harm that lasts effectively after the acute sickness,” stated Firouzeh Heidari, M.D., a post-doctorate analysis fellow at Massachusetts Basic Hospital in Boston.
Liver stiffness is a marker of liver injury, comparable to irritation or fibrosis. Fibrosis is the buildup of scar tissue within the liver. Over time, wholesome liver tissue diminishes, and the liver can now not perform correctly. Progressive fibrosis can result in liver most cancers and liver failure.
Within the retrospective examine, the researchers in contrast liver stiffness of sufferers with a historical past of COVID-19 an infection to 2 management teams. All sufferers underwent ultrasound shear wave elastography between 2019 and 2022 at Massachusetts Basic Hospital. Shear wave elastography is a specialised approach that makes use of sound waves to measure the stiffness of tissue.
The sufferers have been categorized into one in all three teams based mostly on once they underwent elastography and whether or not they examined optimistic for COVID-19. The COVID-19 optimistic group contained 31 sufferers who had a optimistic COVID-19 PCR check end result at the very least 12 weeks earlier than the elastography examination. The pandemic management group consisted of a random pattern of fifty sufferers who underwent elastography throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and had a historical past of solely detrimental COVID-19 PCR check outcomes. The pre-pandemic management group consisted of a random pattern of fifty sufferers who underwent an elastography examination previous to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The imply age was 53.1 years for the COVID-positive sufferers, 55.2 years for the pandemic management group and 58.2 years for the pre-pandemic management group. Of the entire cohort, 67 have been girls. Within the COVID-positive group, elastography exams have been carried out a median of 44 weeks after a optimistic PCR check end result.
After controlling for age, intercourse and time interval, a statistical evaluation of the elastography outcomes revealed that COVID-positive sufferers had a statistically vital increased liver stiffness than the management sufferers.
COVID-positive sufferers had the next median dwell stiffness (7.68 kPa) than pandemic management sufferers (5.99 kPa).
Unexpectedly, the pre-pandemic management group additionally had the next median stiffness (7.01) in comparison with pandemic management group. The rationale for this discovering shouldn’t be but understood however is believed to be a results of altering referral patterns throughout the pandemic. Moreover, sufferers referred for elastography earlier than the pandemic have been famous to be older than sufferers referred after the beginning of the pandemic.
“We do not but know if elevated liver stiffness noticed after COVID-19 an infection will result in adversarial affected person outcomes,” Dr. Heidari stated. “We’re presently investigating whether or not the severity of acute COVID-related signs is predictive of long-term liver harm severity. We hope to complement our current database with further affected person knowledge and a broader scope of co-variates to raised perceive the post-acute results of COVID-19 throughout the liver.”
Co-authors are Theodore Pierce, M.D., Anthony Samir, M.D., M.P.H., Arinc Ozturk, M.D., Madhangi Parameswaran, M.B.B.S., M.Res., Marian Martin, M.D., M.P.H., and Hannah Edenbaum, M.S.
Radiological Society of North America
COVID-19 sufferers present liver harm months after an infection (2022, December 1)
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